CAPE TOWN, March 6 (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday nominated Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
Justice Maya will fill the vacancy that has occurred following the discharge from active service of Justice Lex Mpati.
The nomination will make Maya the first female SCA President in South Africa.
Maya was appointed as an Acting Judge of the High Court in 1999 and a fulltime Judge the following year. She has acted as a judge at the Labour Court, an Acting Judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal, and as an Acting Judge at the Constitutional Court. In 2006 she was appointed a Judge of the SCA and in 2015 she was appointed as the first female SCA Deputy President.
According to the Constitution, the SCA President is appointed by the President after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Zuma has informed the Chairperson of the JSC, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng about his decision to nominate Justice Maya as SCA President, the Presidency said in a statement.
"We wish Justice Maya all the best as the selection process unfolds," said Zuma.
The SCA is the nation's highest court in non-constitutional matters.